Brett Hetherington

Banner photos: Cornelia Kraft

The Only Way Is...

[For secondary school students]    

 

 

When you become a kid

You're always looking UP

At grown-UPs

And some of them think you should...

 

Keep UP with the others

Stand UP when yer told to

Live UP to expectations

And always turn UP on time

 

Eat UP all that dinner

Drink UP all yer milk

Open UP yer eyes

And now go clean UP yer room

 

But don't play UP

Don't make UP stories

Don't stuff UP

And don't trip UP whatever you do

 

Next don't run UP debts

Don't throw UP on the carpet

Confess UP all yer sins

But don't give UP - there's hope

 

So jump UP outta yer bed

Round UP all yer friends

Cough UP the money

And climb UP the social ladder

 

Now make UP yer mind

Sign UP for life

Face UP to the future

C'mon! Just bloody well grow UP!

 

But first do UP yer tie

Line UP outside the room

And speak UP I can't hear you

Why don't you just wake UP to yourself?

 

Oh, but quick, write UP your homework

Type UP your neat copy

Put UP your hand to answer

But please keep your chin UP

 

And pick UP all those papers

Stick UP for yourself

And SHUT UP

...While I'm reading this poem!